We spent 3 nights at this hotel in June 2010, (and my family one extra night - see below) and it was wonderful! The location is perfect with 3 metro stops (Repubblica, Cavour and Termini) within 10 minutes walking distance. In fact, we walked the 10 minutes from Termini when we arrived by train from Civitavecchia after our cruise - the taxi quoted us EUR 25 and said that we would need 2 taxis as we were 4 people with luggage! Definitely not worth EUR 50. Many of the tourist sites are within walking distance too, but our metro tourist travel pass was also put to good use. There are many restaurants nearby (some were recommended by the hotel) and we enjoyed some really nice dinners there.
We had 2 adjoining rooms, 502 and 506, and both opened up onto lovely patios where we enjoyed a sunset pizza dinner on 21 June - summer solstice! The one room (506) was very large and had a shower over the bathtub, and the other room (502) was smaller with one of the smaller showers in the bathroom - perfect for our teenage daughters.
The breakfasts were very enjoyable, with both hot and cold foods available. The only small gripe was that they sometimes ran out of the fresh fruit initially on offer, but the friendly waitresses immediately offered an alternative fresh fruit from the kitchen.
My husband and daughters had to return to Raffaello a few hours after we had checked out as I fell and fractured my knee whilst climbing some broken stairs in Ostiense Station on our way to the airport and Mykonos. They very kindly offered them a room for the night and advised them where they could stay in the suburban neighbourhood close to the hospital (CTO) I had been taken to by ambulance. Just a few words of advice - if you have been hospitalised in Rome and it is at all possible, try and return home as soon as you are able to. We thought that some of our South African hospitals were not that great, but our private hospitals are far superior to the Rome one I had to spend 6 days in. After repeated postponing of the surgery to repair my exposed multiple fractured kneecap we decided that I would return to RSA for the operation. The surgeon here said that the operation had been an emergency and that it should have been done in the first six hours after the accident. By the time I got home and into surgery, it was 9 days afterwards! Needless to say we did not end up going to Mykonos as planned, and I am still in a knee brace and on crutches! The doctor says it could take up to a year for my knee to heal.
If we ever return to Rome one day (and we hope to do so once my healing is complete) I would definitely choose to stay in Hotel Raffaello, and I have already recommended it to friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 3-star Hotel Raffaello in Rome will ensure you feel at the centre of the world each and every day. In central Rome, immersed in the wonderful stream of life, culture and history that runs through the heart of the capital. You'll also be at the heart of the hotel, of its services and its activities. For us, you always come first. Hotel Raffaello is situated in a quiet street in the Rione Monti, one of the historical quartiers of the capital. It is abuzz with people, shops, bars, restaurants and boutiques; one of those neighbourhoods where you never get bored. The Roma Termini train station, Colosseum, Fori Imperiali, Piazza Venezia and all the monuments of Rome are so close that you don't even need to orient yourself with a map.i suoi servizi e delle sue attività. Per noi, voi venite sempre al primo posto. ... more less
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